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Lord Perfect (Carsington Brothers #3)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  3,260 ratings  ·  152 reviews
The heir to the Earl of Hargate, Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne, is the perfect aristocrat. Tall, dark, and handsome, he is known for his impeccable manners and good breeding. Benedict knows all the rules and has no trouble following them—until she enters his life.INFAMOUS
Bathsheba Wingate belongs to the rotten branch of the DeLucey family: a notorious lot o
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Berkley Sensation (first published 2006)
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Jun 01, 2011 Dina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dina by: Beanbag Love
It was exceedingly Difficult for me to write This Review. Nonetheless, I must bow to a greater Necessity: To Express how much I loved this Book. I know I risk failing to convey my Opinion as well as I wish, but be assured that I have tried to do My Best.

Benedict Carsington, VISCOUNT RATHBOURNE, is the Heir to the EARL OF HARGATE and an acknowledged Paragon. He is always perfectly attired, his manners are impecable and his behavior is above reproach. He lives by a set of Rules that has been insti
5+ adorable stars!

I loved it! I absolutely adored it! This book reminded me of how I fell in love with reading. It is impossible without Loretta Chase’s gift with words to convey how wonderful this book is! It goes straight to my favs!

Some books make you wish you hadn't already used 5 stars because it is way to good to be lumped together with the rest. This book is one of them. It had absolutely everything. It is fresh, unique, charming, romantic, heart tugging, sexy, heartwarming, lol-funny and
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Ever since reading "Lord of Scoundrels", Loretta Chase has become one of my favourite authors. With a combination of larger than life heroes, strong but feminine heroines and bags of humour, her books are a joy to read and "Lord Perfect" is no exception.

When Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne, and Bathsheba Wingate catch sight of each other across the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, there is a mutual spark of attraction. Benedict is ‘the embodiment of the noble ideal, everything aristocrats o
4.5 stars

This was very cute! Still not my favorite by Ms. Chase ( Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3) by Loretta Chase and The Last Hellion (Scoundrels, #4) by Loretta Chase win that) but I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend this to all of her fans. The hero, Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne, is quite a starchy (and HOT) man, whose wife died some years previous to the story. He has a 13-year-old nephew, Peregrine, who he is watching. Bathsheba Wingate (I love that name Bathsheba! Too bad she took down Kind David. And you know this name only belongs to the uber beautiful) is a widow wit
It feels like I've been plowing my way through Loretta Chase's Carsington Brothers series for a while now, so it somehow surprises me to realise that Lord Perfect is only the third book.

While I liked its predecessors, Miss Wonderful and Mr. Impossible, well enough, there was something about them that just made them feel a little too close to work, if you know what I mean. I never quite lost myself while reading and was overly conscious of how many pages were left.

Well, I am very pleased to say,
Karen Booklover
Buddy Read with Susanne <3
1st Read:14.1.2014
2nd Read: 8.08.2014
Willow Brook
I'm still trying to figure out how I missed a good an author as Loretta Chase for this long. I only discovered her a little over 6 months ago with the much talked about Lord of Scoundrals which blew me away. Lord Perfect is the third book of hers I've now read and though I wish I had started with the first book in this series, I just loved the story of Benedict, the paragon of everything an aristrocrat should be and Bathsheba, the notorious woman from an even more notorious family who once lured ...more
This is a great addition to this series. It has the same witty, fresh writing, same interesting characters and same great plot. The use of the setting was somewhat less unique than the previous two in the series, so I marked it down one star.

I don't normally like children in romance, but the use of adolescents, and smart ones at that, makes for a great change, and they are exciting, intriguing characters in themselves. The hero and heroine, meanwhile, are excellently matched. She's trying to liv
This was my favorite of the bunch. This was my favorite. Dear lord, I loved this novel so much I can't even describe it. I love all the supporting characters and shenanigins and dear lord, Bathsheba telling Lord Hargate he only needed to give her twenty pounds to make her go away cracked me up. And how she and Benedict were so in love with each other and made each other so happy that even his father noticed:

Bathsheba looked at Benedict. "You never told me they were matchmaking."

"He didn't notice
3.5 stars

It was enjoyable story. Like all of Ms Chase's stories, it includes witty dialogue, a delicious hero, likable heroine (not an annoying one) and a nice chemistry.

One after read lots of romance books, one can be a picky reader. I feel that kind of one in these days. Sometimes you can tolerate nonsense things but sometimes you want to read more reliable plots and developments. After reading the Dancing on Coals book, I know I would be a diffucult reader to be satisfied. Maybe because of th
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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Another great installment in the Carsington series! I really enjoyed this one and it has become the favourite in the series for me, these books just seem to get better and better! I could see the attraction between teh two characters and for ir was a very believable romance

I was unsure if I would like Benedict Carsington, but I found immdiatley that that wasn't an issue, I love it when the strait laced go off the rails a bit, whether they be the hero or heroine. Bathsheba Wingate was also a grea
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Lord Perfect (Carsington Brothers, #3) by Loretta Chase She married her true love. He married a woman suited to his position. She has a daughter who wants to be a knight and go on a noble quest. He has a nephew whose passion is all things Egyptian. She lost her husband, he lost his wife.

Nobody is perfect, not even Lord Perfect, despite what the world believes. Well, now is his chance to prove the world wrong.

The children lead the adults on a merry chase, and the merry chase catchs the adults, tossing them about in a cauldron of passion and love.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series and so far, this one has been the best in my opinion.
I love the kids' subplot, it made it so much more entertaining. As always, LC shines in her dialogue.
This was good, but not completely great.

I liked Benedict! I liked Bathsheba! I loved how they bantered and how dry they'd get with one another ("I find you merely tolerable"). I loved Lord Hargate swooping in and subverting expectations.

I ADORED Rupert and his big dumb face ("He does such a fine impression of an imbecile that he might as well be one."), and his nosing into Benedict's life. I MISSED RUPERT SO MUCH.

What didn't necessarily come together for me was the thought process behind "You
Going out of order with this series. I had heard such wonderful things about Loretta Chase but I have to say I was somewhat disappointed by the first book in this series Miss Wonderful. But after reading a different work of hers (Lord of Scoundrels) I saw what all the hype was about so I decided to give this series another shot, unfortunately I was not able to get my hands on the second book in the series so I skipped ahead to Lord Perfect. I loved this book. This was one of the most entertainin ...more
I read these books out of order, not realizing the last book was the first or even that it was part of a series until someone recommended the actual series to me. As such, I'd already read about Olivia and Peregrine and loved them, and this book gave me some delicious background on that account. First, my complaints: 1) Bathsheba is the kind of name that is bizarre to read; 2) I thought that Rathbourne's past was too glossed over, as was Bathsheba's for that matter. I wanted and needed a little ...more
Gizella Tóth
Az a jó ebben a tökéletes lordban, hogy annyira azért mégsem tökéletes, de amikor kell…
Amikor elkezdtem olvasni (az első gyors végigszaladás után), nem gondoltam volna, hogy öt pontot adok rá, de ahogy haladtam előre a történetben, egyre jobban tetszett.
Kicsit csalódtam, mert valahogy arra számítottam, hogy a gyerekek kalandjainak több teret szentel az írónő. (Igaz, a cím Tökéletes lord, nem pedig Ördögfiókák, de akkor is…) Peregrine is remek kis fickó (úgy látszik, Chase kedveli ezt a nevet),
Lord Perfect is just that: utterly perfect. Eldest son of the Earl of Hargate, Benedict has always known his responsibilities and has always followed them to the letter. Until he meets the most notorious woman in London, Bathsheba Wingate, daughter of the worst branch of the Dreadful DeLuceys. She makes him want to break all the rules.

Charming and funny, it was a delight to read about two mature, adult people falling in love despite their best intentions. It was also refreshing to read a book th
Kathryn Barrett
Where has Lord Perfect been all my life? I can't believe this historical novel never made it to my bookshelf. I really loved this story, and especially the escapades along the Bath Road, a road I'm very familiar with in its modern form. (And the only minor quibble I had was the distances involved--how did they get so far in one night? I hope they changed the horse. And poor Thomas.)

I think most of all I loved the language in this book, the precise formal dialog, the children's precociousness--a
Head in the clouds
I am surprised at how funny this is - there were times when I was wheezing with laughter.
Don't be put off by the presence of children in this book - they were surprisingly wonderful and integral to the story line.

Will write proper review later on.
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of stoic, rule-following heroes and Benedict Carsington is a great example of this character type. I love it when these men are forced into situations with women who test both their intellect and their manners. I really liked Bathsheba as well...though her name took some getting used to. Plus this was the first time we get to learn about the infamous DeLucey family and get to meet Peregrine and Olivia who get their own story in Last Night's Scandal.
I'm catching up with Loretta Chase which gives me something to look forward to whenever I have time to read. She's keeping me up at night when I don't have time to read! But that's okay. She can keep me from my sleep anytime!

I wasn't sure I would enjoy this as much as Mr Impossible. After all That one had the adventure in Egypt and the irresistible Rupert. But I fell in love with Bathsheba, cheering her along as she melted the nor quite so perfect Benedict. And of course it included Olivia and
Delightful! Now, I enjoyed Mr. Impossible, but Lord Perfect was terrific. (Not as awesome as Lord of Scoundrels, but comes close.) The characters are fun, the plot is cute (even tho it has kids - preteens are definitely more palatable than moppets), and everything just worked. I absolutely loved the melodramatics of Olivia (heroine's daughter). Even the tertiary characters were fun. Recommended as a fun, fluffy historical romance read (and you don't have to read the other books in the series to ...more
Ahhhh, Lord Perfect, otherwise known as Benedict, Lord Rathbone. The eldest son, a widower and, at all times, a man in control. Decorum and order were utmost important in his life.

RULES. Rules. rules. Benedict believed in rules. Well, at least he did until he met Bathsheba Wingate. Unfortunately, her family's past weighted her down like a brick hung from her neck.

But Bathsheba had a daughter. And Benedict had temporary guardianship of his young nephew. Soon, these two young people forced Benedic
Ahhh, this one was really good to me! I love "perfect" heroes and I really love that this didn't go the more common route of Bathsheba being completely the opposite of that. They just fit together so well.

And the kids!!! So looking forward to their story.

Also, really glad to see more of Lord Hargate in this one. We got fun little glimpses in the last two, but not enough of the actual character.
Amanda Westmont
I gave this one four stars because I thought it wasn't quite as good as my other Loretta Chase favorites (Mr. Impossible & Lord of Scoundrels). It was well-written, of course, and impossible to put down, but I thought Rupert Carsington was a much more engaging hero than Benedict Carsington.

You just have to love a protagonist named Bethsheba, though.
This may be my favorite of the series. Not only did we get a great couple and a fun story, but we had guest appearances by Rupert and Daphne, excellent children (that I am shipping together for when they are ~grown up), and LORD AND LADY HARGATE. I may have mentioned this, but I AM A FAN OF LORD AND LADY HARGATE. Also, Dowager Lady Hargate. Funtimes.
Nadine Jones
I'm always cautious around books that have so many RAVE reviews. Can a book really live up to all those 5 stars? Answer: Yes, this one can!!! It really is THAT good.

I'm not even sure if I should write a review - what can I add?

Things I loved:
* The hero and heroine, Bathsheba and Benedict, had both been married before, and they remembered their deceased spouses with fondness. It was acknowledged that Bathsheba had loved her husband Jack, and Jack had loved her, and that in no way took away from
Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne and oldest son of the Earl of Hargate is a paragon. Known throughout the ton as Lord Perfect, he is a shining beacon of respectability and responsibility, the one Carsington brother who would never give his parents a moment's worry or even dream of causing a scandal. He knows all the rules, knows what is expected of him, and follows society's guidelines to their logical and well-ordered end...for uncontrolled passions and rule-breaking only beget one thin ...more
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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl ...more
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Carsington Brothers (5 books)
  • Miss Wonderful (Carsington Brothers, #1)
  • Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers, #2)
  • Not Quite a Lady (Carsington Brothers, #4)
  • Last Night's Scandal (Carsington Brothers #5)
Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3) Silk Is for Seduction (The Dressmakers, #1) The Last Hellion (Scoundrels, #4) Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers, #2) Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers, #2)

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